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From A 'Dragon Tattoo' To The 'Spider's Web': Stieg Larsson's Hero Returns

2 hours 35 min ago

The late Stieg Larsson's Millennium series of novels is getting an addition, The Girl in the Spider's Web. The book, written by David Lagercrantz, just got its title and a U.S. release date: Sept. 1.

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'Little Washer Of Sorrows' Morphs The Mundane Into The Fantastic

2 hours 47 min ago

Katherine Fawcett's short story collection is comfortably domestic, full of quiet drama and unfussy detail. Until you read further and discover the mermaids, monsters and lonely planets (literally).

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A Ghostly Chorus Narrates 'The World Before Us'

5 hours 47 min ago

Aislinn Hunter's new novel tells two parallel tales of two young girls — both gone missing in the same place, a century apart. Reviewer Jean Zimmerman says the book's tough truths held her interest.

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'Publicly Shamed:' Who Needs The Pillory When We've Got Twitter?

7 hours 52 min ago

Host Steve Inskeep explores modern-day humiliation with writer Jon Ronson, whose new book So You've Been Publicly Shamed digs into the lives of people who've been raked over the coals on social media.

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'Wolf Hall' On Stage And TV Means More Makeovers For Henry VIII's 'Pit Bull'

7 hours 52 min ago

Hilary Mantel's popular novels breathed new life into Thomas Cromwell's legacy. Now, between a play and a miniseries, there seems to be no limit to the blacksmith's son's potential for reinvention.

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Why Are Chinese Artists Representing Kenya At The Venice Biennale?

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 3:46pm

Kenya will participate in the Venice Biennale, the prestigious art show that opens on May 9. But only two of the artists representing Kenya will be Kenyan. Most aren't even African — they're Chinese.

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Our Food-Safety System Is A Patchwork With Big Holes, Critics Say

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 2:41pm

More than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. Critics say the system has gaps, and we'd all be safer if federal food safety efforts were under one roof.

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Open A Critic's 'Poetry Notebook' And Find The Works That Shaped Him

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 2:29pm

Clive James was diagnosed with leukemia a few years ago. "There is a grief in all poetry," he writes in his latest book of essays. "Poetry holds itself together, and eventually we ourselves do not."

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How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 2:29pm

Kevin Kruse's book looks at how industrialists in the '30s and '40s recruited clergy to preach free enterprise. And under the Eisenhower administration, Christianity and capitalism moved center stage.

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Sandwich Monday: The Passover Sandwich

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:24am

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we introduce our non-Jewish colleagues to the wonders of the Passover lunch. Manischewitz rules this meal.

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Five Thoughts On Trevor Noah Taking Over 'The Daily Show'

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:31am

South African comedian Trevor Noah was announced Monday as the next host of The Daily Show. It might not be the most obvious pick, but why make the most obvious pick?

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Trevor Noah Will Replace Jon Stewart As Host Of 'The Daily Show'

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:04am

Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless says that Trevor Noah "has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America."

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Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:30pm

During the Sino-Japanese War, Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather buried his vast porcelain collection to keep it safe. Hsu went to find it 70 years later, on a trip about more than missing china.

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For 'Dexter' Star David Zayas, Acting Was A Long Shot Away

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:21pm

The Bronx native grew up in a blue-collar household; a life in show business seemed far from reality. He spent time in the Air Force and as a cop before he finally gave his childhood dream a chance.

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Palm Springs Celebrates Its Past, And Tourists Arrive In Droves

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:21pm

Palm Springs was the desert playground of golden-era Hollywood. Then its glamour faded. Now its mid-century architecture, its retro style and the allure of its past are fueling a rebirth.

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For This Puzzle, Watch Your Words

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 7:03am

The challenge is a game of categories based on the word "watch." For each category provided, name something starting with each of the letters W-A-T-C-H.

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Cate Blanchett Swears On Australian TV; Flap Ensues

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 6:24am

When Cate Blanchett was interviewed about her role in Cinderella last week, the interview came to an abrupt end with some inappropriate language. Oh, my! What would Prince Charming think?

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New Postage Stamps Recognize The Genius Of Martin Ramirez

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 6:24am

Martin Ramirez was a self-taught artist who spent much of his life confined to hospitals, where he began to make remarkable art. Now some of it is featured on a new series of U.S. postage stamps.

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Understanding The Dark Side Of Enlightenment On 'Diamond Mountain'

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 5:50am

Author Scott Carney's new A Death on Diamond Mountain unravels the complicated paths that led an American Buddhist seeker not to nirvana, but to his death in a cave in the Arizona desert.

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Cheez Whiz Helped Spread Processed Foods. Will It Be Squeezed Out?

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 5:44am

Turns out, the history of Kraft's dull-orange cheese spread says a lot about the processed food industry — and where it might be headed as Kraft and Heinz merge.

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